Dublin may have to plot at least part of their All-Ireland SFC title defence without Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey.
Speculation is mounting that the UCD medical student could be swopping life in Sky Blue for overseas work during the early stages of the championship.
Jim Gavin has already lost one of his All Star defenders for the season following the announcement, in January, that full-back Rory O’Carroll was withdrawing from the 2016 squad because of an imminent move to New Zealand.
In that context, to lose the jet-heeled McCaffrey for any sustained period would constitute a huge double-whammy to Dublin dreams of becoming the first county, since Kerry in 2007, to retain Sam Maguire.
The All Star wing-back has already put down a busy early spring schedule on the football field.
He came off the bench during Dublin’s opening two outings in Division One of the Allianz League – against Kerry in Croke Park and then Mayo in Castlebar, where he played virtually the entire game.
More recently, McCaffrey skippered UCD to their first Sigerson Cup success in 20 years – but a hamstring injury picked up over the finals weekend in Belfast led to him sitting out Dublin’s Croke Park victory over Monaghan last weekend.